Even if the darkness of hell swallows the sun and the moon, where is your flame, where is your light? - Rumi
“We gather in this magical time of the year to celebrate Rumi’s Wedding Night on December 17th–his passing into union with the Beloved, and the birth of the sun on winter solstice,” says Banafsheh Sayyad. “In ancient Persia, the solstice marks the beginning of the year and the birth of light. It represents a speck of light appearing in the heart of darkness that expands through endurance like the yang growing from the depths of yin. Give birth to the light within yourself through the poetry of Rumi and the ritual of whirling that guides us into becoming conduits of light in the dark.”
Banafsheh and Tony will lead a nurturing weave of structured and free-style dance with vocalization, whirling, chanting, live music, meditation, wisdom teachings, and lots of laughter. On the solstice the group will create a “spiral of light” ceremony to return to the flame shining brightly in the center of our beings, which guides us into the world with lucid, grounded, loving discernment.
This mixed-levels workshop is open to all. The workshop fulfills 26 hours toward the 200/400-hour Dance of Oneness certification program.